Grandfather Mountain State Park, Avery County (7-25-06) - dwhike
The perched rock that marks the summit of McRae Peak stands to the right. Attic Window Peak(5949') is in the distance to the left.

A hike from the Swinging Bridge parking area out to Calloway Peak and back via the Grandfather Trail. This is one of the most unique and rugged trails in the southeast...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:36.096208, -81.831771


Route Type:  Out-and-back       Difficulty:  HARD

Hike Length:  5.5 miles                Hike Duration:  4:30

Trailhead Temp:  70'F                 Trail Traffic:  50-100 people

Min. Elevation:  5,200'                  Max. Elevation:  5,964'

Total Vertical Gain:  ~2,100'         Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  382'


Trails Used (blaze color/shape):  Grandfather (blue diamonds), Underwood (yellow diamonds)